Saintayme 2016

St Emilion, Grand Cru

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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Saintayme is quite deep in color. The bouquet unfurls gradually to reveal blackberry, briar and light cedar aromas, all gentle and refined. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannins on the entry, a slightly chalky texture and a fine bead of acidity. This is a more masculine Saintayme compared to other vintages, displaying more grip and salinity toward the finish. I suspect that, given its amazing value, this will be consumed early, but personally, I would stash it away for three or four years, because it has more to give.

Score: 91

Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2022-2032 01 January 2019

The 2016 Saintayme was picked from 9-15 October, cropped at 50 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 30% new oak. It has a pretty blueberry-scented bouquet with just a faint touch of iris, the oak nicely enmeshed with the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of white pepper on the entry, lacking a little depth on the mid-palate but nicely detailed on the finish. This is a lovely, early-drinking Saint Emilion from Denis Durantou.

Score: 88 - 90

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2029 28 April 2017

Denis Durantou's 2016 Saintayme is soft, floral and forward, with lovely red cherry and plum fruit. Soft contours give this open-knit, easygoing Saint-Émilion plenty of immediacy. A slight vegetal note is a touch distracting. Otherwise, this is very nicely done.

Score: 89

Antonio Galloni, Champagne Club Maturity: 2018-2026 01 January 2019

The 2016 Saintayme has a medium garnet-purple color and opens with cedary scents over a core of black and red plums, kirsch and unsmoked cigars plus a touch of smoked meats. Medium to full-bodied and packed with savory layers, it has a solid frame of grainy tannins and a nice, long finish.

Score: 91

Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2020-2031 30 November 2018

100% Merlot. Lush plummy fruit with good body and concentration.

Score: 89 - 91

Albany Vintners 19 April 2017

100% Merlot picked from 9 to 15 October. Lots of gloss. Pure polish and precision. Lots of structure. Falls away a little on the end but it's pretty smart. Masses of energy but just a tad scrawny on the end.

Score: 16 - 17

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2032 13 April 2017

Good sleek black currant and blackberry coulis notes race through here, flecked with anise and black tea. Shows a more judicious sense of toast and extraction.

Score: 88 - 91

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 10 April 2017

This is very dense and beautiful yet it’s agile and exciting. Blueberries, chocolate and walnuts. Full to medium body and beautiful length. Juicy center palate of fruit.

Score: 92 - 93

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 04 April 2017